Teen tried to rob Maccas with glass bottle

BRANDISHING a broken glass bottle while demanding money from McDonalds staff members has cost a teenager another year of freedom.

Lochlan Jason Lenard McKeiver, 19, had been drinking before attempting to rob the Warwick McDonalds restaurant on May 11.

Judge David Searles summed up McKeiver's actions during sentencing in Toowoomba District Court yesterday.

The court heard McKeiver had left a friend's house after a night of drinking when he came across the McDonalds store.

Judge Searles said the jagged neck of a broken bottle was in McKeiver's hand when he demanded money from two attendants.

However, they were behind a security screen.

"They were never at risk of being attacked unless they approached you," Judge Searles said.

McKeiver's previous robbery charges, which related to incidents at a supermarket in March last year and a service station in July last year, were considered in sentencing.

He was on parole for those offences when the May 11 incident occurred.

"The facts demonstrate that you are really a menace to the community..."

Mitigating factors included McKeiver's timely guilty plea as well as his battle with psychiatric conditions since a young age.

Judge Searle said there was a reluctance to send young people to jail.

"But the status of youth doesn't give an automatic exemption from custody in appropriate circumstances."

McKeiver was sentenced to 12 months in jail, which combined with his previous sentence, meant he had a full time release date of June 20, 2017.

He will be eligible for parole on May 11, 2015.



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